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HP Challenges Apple's MacBook Pro With New 'Spectre x360'

By Staff writer , Oct 13, 2016 02:57 AM EDT
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HP has overhauled its popular Spectre x360 laptop, bringing forth some much-needed hardware enhancements, battery-life improvements, and an updated Windows 10 features to the new systems. The new Spectre x360 represents HP's strive towards perfection on the mobility of the 1st generation of the convertible laptop, which is clearly a direct competitor and definitely a Surface Windows answer to the MacBook.

 Design

HP has shred 10 mm. from the edges on each side of the screen, promoting a "near zero border" 13.3-inch touch display. The improved Spectre x360 maintained its aluminum finish and curves, and at 13.88 mm. thick and 2.85 lbs., it is significantly thinner and lighter than previous versions.

But despites its weight drop, the Spectre x360 packs a bigger 57.8 W battery, which, along with Intel's Kaby Lake processors, will offer up to 15 hours of battery life, as per HP's statement.

Features

HP also added an infrared camera to the new Spectre, bringing a much-needed support for Microsoft's Windows 10 Hello facial login. Dual mics have also been upgraded to further support Cortana's voice-control features. The laptop also features a backlit keyboard, two USB-Type C ports plus Thunderbolt 3 support and one USB-Type A 3.0 port, further maximizing accessibility.

The Spectre x360 laptop will be sporting Intel's newest generation i5 or i7 processors, with solid state storage of up to 1TB, and up to 16GB of RAM. It will officially be available for purchase on October 12, starting at $1,050.

ENVY

Just ahead of Microsoft's rumored Surface AIO launch in the next fortnight, HP has introduced its alternative, the ENVY AIO (all-in-one) with a 27-inch QHD display. Its camera, along with an IR support, also supports Windows Hello.

With up to 256 GB solid state storage or a two terabyte hard disk and sixth-generation Intel i5 or i7 quad-core processors, the ENVY will also be available this October, starting at $1,299.99.

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